Political Science organizes student Fed-Prov simulation

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Waterloo hosts longest-running student federal-provincial conference

Several hundred high school students in Waterloo Region will participate in Canada's longest-running simulated federal-provincial conference at the University of Waterloo next Tuesday (Dec. 7) and Wednesday (Dec. 8). This annual event, organized by Waterloo's political science department and the regional history heads association, has been held at the university for 46 years.

 "The Federal-Provincial Government Conference Simulation, which is popularly known as Fed-Prov, is unique in Canada," said John Jaworsky, professor of political science at Waterloo. "The conference is an excellent opportunity for students to become interested and engaged in politics while in high school."

This year, Valeria Michailovich, of Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School (SJAM), will handle the role of Canada's prime minister. Her SJAM colleagues will serve as federal ministers. Students from other schools will chair meetings of provincial and territorial ministers. A total of 370 students will participate in the event. 

Besides first ministers meetings, ministerial delegations participate in committees dealing with financial, justice, health, environmental, agricultural, economic, immigration and aboriginal affairs. One special interest group, the Council of Canadians, will be represented this year. 

Two schools - Huron Heights Secondary School and Bluevale Collegiate Institute - will produce newspapers during the conference to provide information and spark debate. One of the schools will be the recipient of the Waterloo Region Record's federal provincial conference press award.  The John Boulden Award, named after one of the founders of the conference simulation, will be presented to one of the student first ministers based on a vote by all participants.

Working sessions take place in the Arts Lecture Hall, J. G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities and the Modern Languages building on Tuesday and Wednesday. The concluding plenary session will be held in the Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages building, on Wednesday, from 1:45 to 3 p.m.

from Department of Political Science.

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